Feb. 4, 2008
TEANECK, N.J. (February 4, 2008) - Junior Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) led four Pioneers in double figures tying her season-high with 18 points to lead Sacred Heart past Fairleigh Dickinson 77-61 Monday night in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers shot 50.0% (28-56) from the field and tied their season-high with nine makes from behind the three point arc in improving to 10-2 in NEC play.
Tied 8-8 in the first three minutes of the game the Pioneers rattled off an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to jump in front 19-8. Junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) got the run started with her first of four three's on the night and Cain finished it off with a jumper in the lane. SHU's lead hit 15 points at the five minute mark before a Knight rally cut it down to double digits. Freshman Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) put the Pioneers up 33-18 with a three but FDU senior Jennifer Walkling started off an 8-0 spurt with a lay-in followed by a three by Mercedez Walker. Walkling and Jasmyra Saunders both hit lay-ups and the Knights found themselves within 33-27 with 2:42 showing.
Cosgrove ended the rally with her second three on SHU's next possession and the Pioneers caught a break just before the half as junior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) laid one in right at the horn to send her team into the break up 39-30. Sacred Heart started the second half hitting three-straight from behind the arc, two by Ryan and went up 14, 48-34. Ryan's fourth triple of the night put SHU up 17 with 14 minutes to go and the lead hit 23, 64-41, by the midway point thanks to a runner in they lane by the junior.
SHU (15-8, 10-2 NEC) went to the bench to finish it out and the Pioneers delivered, seeing the lead hit it's highest mark at 24, 73-49, with four and a half to go as all but one player scored in the win. In addition to Cain's 18, freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) scored 16 with six rebounds and two assists. Cosgrove finished with 10 points and Ryan added 14 with seven boards and a pair of helpers.
Sowinski saw her streak of 22-straight games in double digits snapped in the win, finishing with nine points on four-of-nine shooting. She added fiver boards and five blocks to her totals. SHU hit a season-best 56.3% (9-16) from behind the arc and also out rebounded the Knights, 38-32.
Fairleigh Dickinson (8-14, 4-7 NEC) was led by Walkling who tied a career-high with 25 points to go with eight rebounds. Saunders was the only other Knight in double figures with 12 points.
Sacred Heart will be off until next Monday, February 11th when they return home to host the Monmouth Hawks at 7:00 pm